How To: Use a Reformer machine to improve your spine mobility

See a Pilates Reformer exercise routine to improve spinal flexibility. With pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this free exercise video a gander.

How To: Do the Superman pilates exercise

The Superman is a variation on original pilates exercises that strengthens the muscles of the upper back and improves posture. Be sure to keep the shoulders down, especially when the arms reach forward, in order to keep tension out of the neck and shoulders. The Superman strengthens the core, flattens the abdominal muscles and improves body awareness. Watch this fitness how to video and you will be strengthening your body with pilates in no time.

How To: Do the Teaser pilates exercise

The Teaser is a very challenging original pilates exercise that involves abdominal strength, core strength, balance and coordination. To make learning the Teasers easier, this Teaser starts with the legs in the air, roll up to Teaser position using abdominal strength, balance at the top and roll down with control. The Teaser strengthens your core, flattens your abs and make you feel really great when you get it. Watch this fitness how to video and you'll be toning your body with pilates in no...

How To: Do the Prone leg lift pilates exercise

The Prone leg lifts are variations of the classical pilates exercise the Swan Dive. This exercise tones and strengthens the back of the legs (hamstrings and glutes) and improves hip extension, both necessary components of a good Swan Dive. Remember to keep your abdominal muscles pulled in to protect the lower back and keep tension out. Watch this fitness how to video and you'll be toning your body with pilates in no time.

How To: Lengthen your iliotibial band with a Pilates Reformer

Expand your ITB with this simple Pilates Reformer machine-based exercise routine. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this free exercise video a ga...

How To: Name your Pilates class to match your target audience

What's in a name? Quite a lot. Learn how to choose a good one that targets your desired demographic. Whether you're considering the possibility of starting your own Pilates studio or already have one and just need a little help tackling a particular pedagogical problem, you're sure to be well served by this free video lesson from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For more information, including a comprehensive overview, watch this video guide.

How To: Perform a five minute Pilates arc exercise routine

This clip demonstrates five different exercises that can be performed with a Pilates arc in under five minutes' time. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions...

How To: Warm up and cool down for pilates

Sophie Rycott demonstrates how you can warm up and cool down for pilates. There are four warm ups: shoulder rolls, feet circles and flexes, hip rotation, and arm opening. There are four cool downs as well: neck and spine stretch, hip and gluteus stretch, hip flexor stretch, and lower back, chest and shoulder stretch. Warm up and cool down for pilates.

How To: Work with amputees as a rehab Pilates instructor

This clip demonstrates some rehabilitation exercises that you can use for clients who have suffered from an amputation. Whether you're toying with the idea of opening up your own rehabilitative Pilates studio or merely need some help tackling a certain pedagogical or administrative problem, you're certain to be well served by this free video tutorial from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For more (and more comprehensive) information, take a look.

How To: Perform a hip flexor stretch on a Pilates Reformer

In this tutorial, learn how to do a simple hip flexor stretch using a Pilates Reformer exercise machine. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this f...

How To: Work your inner & outer thighs with a Pilates machine

In this clip, you'll learn how to target your inner and outer thighs using a Pilates Reformer machine. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this fre...

How To: Build up the strength to perform pushups on a Reformer

This clip goes over some Reformer exercises that can help you or your clients increase your or their strength and stability, gradually working towards full push-ups. Whether you're toying with the idea of opening up your own Pilates studio or merely need some help tackling a certain pedagogical or administrative problem, you're certain to be well served by this free video tutorial from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For more (and more comprehensive) information, take a look.

How To: Perform a cardio-infused Pilates Reformer routine

Get your heart pumping with the cardio-infused Pilates Reformer machine workout demonstrated in this video guide. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, gi...

How To: Mobilize the thoracic spine with a Pilates Reformer

This clip offers advice on how to mobilize the thoracic spine during pregnancy by using a Pilates Reformer machine. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, ...

How To: Do a Hip Twist pilates exercise

The Hip Twist is an original pilates exercise that strengthens the abdominals and the core. By focusing on a modest range of motion to start and the correct use of the abdominal muscles, your abs will get stronger and flatter and you will protect your lower back. Watch this fitness how to video and you will be toning your body with the hip twist pilates move.

How To: Exercise your shoulder with a Pilates Reformer machine

Work your shoulders with a Pilates Reformer exercise machine. With pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this free exercise video a gander.

How To: Do the Heel Squeeze pilates exercise

The Heel Squeeze is derived from the principles of classical pilates exercises. This pilates tutorial teaches how to engage the gluteus maximus muscles without engaging the lower back muscles. We demonstrate this exercise both with and without a small ball, but the ball is definitely not necessary to reap all the benefits. Focus on keeping the pelvis flat on the mat, the abdominal muscles pulled in and flat and tension out of the neck and shoulders while your tone your derriere. Watch this ho...

How To: Do Pilates Reformer exercises to strengthen your hips

This clip offers advice on how to use a Pilates Reformer table to strengthen your hip muscles. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this free exerci...

How To: Perform a standing balance Pilates exercise routine

This clip offers an overview of a Pilates exercise routine that puts vectors of force through the hip joints and pelvis. With pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructi...

How To: Use Pilates to get skinny legs and thighs

In this Fitness video tutorial you will learn how to use pilates to achieve slimmer legs and thighs. Lie down flat on your back, hands extended along the side of the body and both legs up. Put one leg down and circle the raised leg for eight to twelve times. Keep both hips and shoulders on ground. Don’t rock from side to side. Pull in your stomach and engage the stomach along with the legs. Then change the direction of rotation and repeat. The toes should be stretched upward Then repeat thi...

How To: Do the beginner pilates move the Seal

Search "Pilates animation" on Wonderhowto for other more videos by this user. If you are looking a for a quick pilates reference, take a look at this pilates animation. This a quick & easy, clearly explained diagram of the pilates mat exercise: Classical Pilates for Beginners:

How To: Perform a standing Pilates mat exercise routine

This clip demonstrates a useful and powerful standing Pilates exercise routine. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this free exercise video a gander.

How To: Do the Saw pilates exercise to increase flexibility

The Saw is a classical pilates exercise that increases the flexibility and strength of the core. Be careful not to turn this into a hamstring stretch. The goal of the exercise is to use the abdominal muscles to rotate the spine, then flex the spine over the leg scooping out the abdominals. If you have tight hip flexors or hamstrings, start sitting on a small cushion so you can begin the exercise in upright alignment. Watch this how to video and you'll be performing the Saw pilates exercise in...

How To: Do a lateral abdominal workout with a Pilates barrel

This clip offers a demonstration of a few ladder barrel exercises to work the lateral abdominals. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates.

How To: Do a side leg lift circle pilates exercise

The side leg lift series is part of the classical Pilates repertoire and the circles strengthen the core, flatten the abdominal muscles and tone the inner and outer thighs. If you feel strain in your lower back, bring your legs slightly forward of your body, but for a real challenge, maintain a perfectly straight line and bring your top hand to your hip. Watch this fitness how to video and you'll be strengthening your body with pilates in no time.

How To: Work upper and lower extremities on a Pilates Reformer

See how to exercise your upper and lower parts when using a Pilates Reformer machine. With pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For complete instructions, give this free exercise video ...

How To: Improve your posture with a Pilates Reformer machine

Have access to a Pilates Reformer machine? This clip discusses how to warm up before using it, ensuring your spine is in neutral alignment. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. For...

How To: Do the pilates stomach series

The Pilates Stomach Series is also known as the “fabulous five,” because of the wonderful way the five movements tone the tummy. You will need a mat, floor space, and some flexibility. Pilates tip: If at any time your lower back comes off the mat, bring your legs higher as you extend. If your neck begins to hurt at any point during these exercises, simply lower it to the mat.

How To: Do the beginner pilates move the One Leg Circle

Search "Pilates animation" on Wonderhowto for other more videos by this user. If you are looking a for a quick pilates reference, take a look at this pilates animation. This a quick & easy, clearly explained diagram of the pilates mat exercise: Classical Pilates for Beginners: The One Leg Circle. Pilates exercises focus on breathing, alignments of the spine & build strong torso muscles.

How To: Practice proper breathing for pilates

Proper breathing is a very important part of Pilates exercise. Many Pilates exercises are taught with specific instructions on how to use the breath with them. Often in our daily lives our breath becomes very shallow, most people only breathe into the upper part of the chest. Watch this pilates how to video to learn proper breathing techniques.

How To: Perform the "Turtle" routine on a CoreAlign machine

This clip presents a simple demonstration of the "Turtle" CoreAlign exercise routine. With Pilates, as with any physical fitness system, a basic mastery of proper technique is essential for both maximizing the effectiveness of your workouts and avoiding accidental injury. Whether you're looking to slim down or merely tighten up your core, you're sure to be well served by this home fitness how-to from the folks at Balanced Body Pilates. To get started performing the "Turtle" CoreAlign exercise...

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